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Christmas Shows Adapt to Lincolnshire’s Tier 3 Restrictions

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 2nd December 2020, 11:10am

LPAC’s Christmas Productions Revised in Light of Tier 3 Restrictions Augmented Reality App and Live Streaming Save Christmas Shows! On Thursday 26 November the UK Government confirmed that Lincolnshire will move into tougher Tier 3 restrictions following the end of the second national lockdown on Wednesday 2 December 2020. Prior to the most recent lockdown, Tier 3 restrictions had not included live performance, and so it was hoped that Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) would still be able to present a live performance experience for both A Distant Christmas and The Snow Hare in Winter this December. Consequently, with the inclusion of theatre amongst those restricted activities in the revised Tier 3, the Government’s announcement has had a profound impact on LPAC’s plans for Christmas. However, despite the disappointment that they can no longer continue to offer a live performance experience, both productions will still go ahead, albeit in digital form. These new digital offerings, whilst still a high-quality creative experiences, will come at a reduced price to reflect the change in format. A Distant Christmas is now purely app-based and will be free to download from Saturday 19 December 2020 until Sunday 31 January 2021 with a recommended donation

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A Distant Christmas: Rehearsing in 2020

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 20th November 2020, 16:16pm

Rehearsing in 2020 is different. How will the show be staged? How do we perform without touching? Another cast member in isolation…again?! Usually, the path to performance is a long and straight one, however not in the age of Coronavirus. The uphill hike to performance is uncertain and daunting for all creative teams at the moment. With that said, there are still many aspects of working on a production that remain the same, despite the obstacles. As undergraduate Drama students in our graduating year, we are expected to demonstrate a high standard of professionalism. Learning our lines, working with the director on character development and with the professional production team to bring the story to life through costume and technical effects are all still par for the course. We knew, going into this rehearsal process, that there would be obvious minor barriers such as wearing masks and socially distancing for all cast and crew in a studio space. These seem like small and obvious points but, as performers, we did not initially think about how these challenges would affect the production, especially in the rehearsal stages. It soon became apparent that we would need to spend many more hours tweaking

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Aakash Odedra 2 Live Performance Moves Online!

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 3rd November 2020, 15:08pm

In response to new national lockdown restrictions which are due to come into force on Thursday 5 November, the performance by Aakash Odedra 2, which was scheduled for Saturday 7 November on the University of Lincoln campus outside LPAC has now been moved online. Whether you’re a LSFPA student thinking of joining Aakash Odedra 2 or simply want to enjoy some much-needed art in your lockdown life then now is your chance to see the style of work the company creates and performs. Aakash Odedra 2 will be auditioning for dancers from the @UniLincolnLSFPA to form the new cohort of this pre-professional graduate dance company. With lockdown well under way the outdoor performances planned @universityoflincoln will now go online. On Fri 6 November, 5.30pm the company will be premiering this new work. Filmed on location in Leicester this unique performance created with Kesha Raithatha and Aakash Odedra brings the beauty of dance and the outdoors to your screen http://bit.ly/AO2Perform Image: Matt Cawrey

Fire & Light Trail Postponed to January 2021

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 3rd November 2020, 10:37am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC)’s Fire & Light Trail Postponed In response to new national restrictions, which come into effect on Thursday 5 November, LPAC’s sell-out event Fire & Light Trail, which was warmly anticipated by Lincoln locals has been postponed to the new year. The socially-distanced outdoor event, which was due to take place on Friday 6th November – just one day after the lockdown comes into place – was set to be the venue’s first public and non-digital event since it was forced to close its doors in March. The Fire & Light Trail is a pop-up outdoor exhibition that weaves its way through illuminated parkland in the centre of Lincoln. Lit by coloured stage lights, Lincoln Arboretum will serve as a backdrop to a stunning Fire Garden, comprised of Fire Stacks, Fire Sculptures, Fire Cans and lanterns, enhanced by pyrotechnics, fire juggling and a mobile forge – the Fire & Light Trail is a unique kinetic experience of heat and light. Having spoken to the various partners involved in producing the event LPAC is looking to reschedule the Fire & Light Trail on Friday 29 January 2021. It is possible that this might shift depending on the

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Venue Receives Vital Funding from HM Government

Posted by Craig Morrow, 17th October 2020, 08:29am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) is delighted to announce that it has received funding from Round 2 of the Culture Recovery Fund to enable it to continue to deliver its vital work in to 2021. University of Lincoln, which owns and operates this city campus theatre and arts centre, applied for and received over £153,000 to cover a shortfall in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, safeguarding local jobs and allowing the venue to begin to rebuild. Artistic Director Craig Morrow said: “I’m ecstatic and hugely relieved by this award as it allows us to support the livelihoods of local people working in a sector that has been ravaged by the coronavirus. It also means we have a safety net to continue to present creative experiences for the people of Lincoln whilst adhering to socially distancing measures, restrictions designed to keep everyone safe but which make producing work very financially challenging. This means more opportunities for outdoor events like our Fire & Light Trail in Lincoln Arboretum on 6 November and our socially distanced Christmas Shows.” —– The Culture Recovery Fund is part of #HereForCulture the HM Government response to coronavirus pandemic: “Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings

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Graduate Theatremakers Invited to Create Socially Distanced Christmas Show 2020

Posted by Craig Morrow, 14th September 2020, 10:54am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is looking to present a magical new winter themed show for young children (3-7) and their families to be staged Christmas 2020. In light of the current uncertainties facing artists and performers, and our position as champions of creativity and learning within the city, we are offering this commissioning opportunity in the first instance to University of Lincoln Graduates – and the commission consists of mentoring and support to create the piece, a guaranteed fee (plus the potential for additional box-office split), alongside set construction, costumes, full technical and marketing support, and lighting and sound design. Designed to be COVID-safe, with socially distanced practices built in from the start, the commissioned artists will produce a show that responds to one of three potential titles: Pies, Puddings & Presents! Snowday! The Snow Hare in Winter The piece will be performed in Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s main auditorium space and will be created and performed by a maximum of two artists. The theatre is currently end-on, but can be reconfigured into other seating arrangements, so long as the overall socially distanced capacity is retained. We are open to other models of presentation that preserve overall ticketed capacities such

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Autumn 2020 Season Cancellation Announced

Posted by Craig Morrow, 6th August 2020, 09:54am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) is announcing that, due to the effects of the ongoing global pandemic, it will not be reopening fully until Spring 2021 at the earliest. This means that all events currently on sale will be either postponed or cancelled, and customers contacted to arrange for exchanges or refunds. Craig Morrow, Artistic Director, said: “It is a heart-breaking decision but one that has become increasingly inevitable as we struggle to reconcile our business with the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Like most venues, LPAC is entirely reliant on ticket sales and traded income to cover the cost of its operations and it is simply not possible to deliver the same scale of activity this year with social distancing in place. Furthermore, the lack of a time table for re-opening from central Government, combined with very real possibility of having to cancel productions in the event of a second wave or local lockdown as we move into the autumn/winter season, makes long term planning particularly precarious, and the level of investment required to produce events such as PopOut Festival or our family Christmas show, are simply too great a risk.” However, this announcement does not mean that Lincoln Performing

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CORONAVIRUS CLOSURE FAQS

Posted by Laura Swain, 8th June 2020, 13:31pm

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s operations have been severely affected by the current pandemic and so to help retain our employees and reduce the long-term impact on the venue during a time when we are unable to trade, University of Lincoln has opted to take part in the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention scheme and so has placed its staff on furlough. Upon the staff’s return your enquiry will be answered as soon as possible. We are very grateful for your patience and understanding during this time. Please see FAQ’s below: Is the venue open? – Our building is currently closed until at next Spring. When an official re-opening date has been set our audiences will be contacted as soon as possible. When staff will be returning? – At this stage we cannot confirm when our staff will be returning but you can keep updated with all the goings on at the theatre by signing up to our mailing list here https://lpac.co.uk/mailing-list/ or following on social media. Can I book for future events? – At this time we have had to take many of the Autumn/ Winter season events off sale due to the limited staff capacity and the uncertainty surrounding

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YOUTH THEATRE TO PRODUCE RADIO PLAY

Posted by Craig Morrow, 28th May 2020, 14:40pm

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s online youth theatre to record a brand new radio drama. As the uncertainty of the current situation continues, we we can take heart in the resilience, positivity, and creativity of young people. Following the necessary decision to cancel their live performances this summer, rather than be downhearted, our brilliant group of teenagers have come up with a great way to stage their original material – turn it into a radio play. Remote Street is set to be a gripping drama that tells the story of group of young people and their teacher confined to a remote island. Believing that WW3 has ravaged the rest of the world they seek to overcome the trials and tribulations of life in isolation as they unwittingly participate in Sanctuary Studio’s morally questionable reality TV series. Think Made in Chelsea meets the Truman Show.

Venue To Remain Closed Until 31 August 2020

Posted by Craig Morrow, 30th April 2020, 12:59pm

Due to the ongoing global pandemic Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has confirmed the temporary cessation of all venue-based activities has been extended. The stage is set to remain dark until the end of the summer, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has confirmed, due to the likelihood of ongoing social distancing measures being in force throughout the summer. The venue had previously closed on 16 March for an initial twelve-week period in line with Government advice but as the pandemic has worsened the venue has extended this up until 31 August 2020. All visiting companies and community hirers have been informed and where possible rescheduled. The venue is currently in the process of contact audience members to arrange for a transfer of tickets or a refund. Some audience members have even chosen to donate the value of their tickets, which has been gratefully received. In a statement Artistic Director Craig Morrow said: “The safety and health of all of our staff, visiting companies, artists, and audiences is of the utmost priority. Given the lack of guidance to the live events sector regarding what sort of measures should be in place after Lockdown ends we have decided to acknowledge the likelihood that restrictions

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